Scanning & Sharing Mailart here or on Facebook platform

I put more weight on a reply via snail mail than on any kind of online documentation by the recipient of my mailart. And I hope my mailart contacts are not offended when I do not scan and document online the mailart they send to me. I am old-school in that regard. Though occasionally I might scan & post mailart I receive, it's only done on a whim, not with any regularity.

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Comment by Mary Anne on September 21, 2019 at 6:37pm

I am in sympathy with everything said here.  I tend to write a lot on IUOMA whilst I am waiting for the tea to dry or the glue to become drinkable.  I don't really care tuppence whether my sendings are put on line or no with the only caveat being that I do rather like seeing how the envelopes look after their adventure through the post but that is a small pleasure these days as the post offices of the world rarely bother with interesting markings anymore. i could happily switch off this contraption tomorrow with no regrets and never blog again . . .

Comment by Visual Mom on May 5, 2018 at 11:37pm

Thankyou all for putting in your two cents (sense) worth on this topic. I do appreciate documentation of mailart online for the purposes of documenting a mailart exhibition, as previous to internet the requirements of printing a catalogue for documentation and the expense of mailing it to all participants was expensive, and often meant just sharing names and address of the participants, and not images of everything that was sent in for the call. Also, I understand how online images of mailart can help to proliferate the network via inspiring others to join in. It's a bit like sharing mp3 music files, where people might be inspired to purchase an album after hearing something online.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on April 17, 2018 at 11:25am

Mail art is all about making and sending...via snail mail :-) Take it from the "Queen of blogging" (with my blog #3000 coming soon to IUOMA here :-), there is NO obligation, no requirement to scan and blog, no need to even reply, it should not be "burdensome", "worrisome", or a "task" in anyway. It is a joy for me to blog or comment or participate on the platform, and I put aside a bit of time after mail delivery to do so , or at least photo (no scanner used) and save for later date to blog. But most time is spent creating mail art cards, project, etc. Sending to fellow artists is very inspiring. That they exchange and share is an added benefit but not a "requirement". So make and send, as richard says: "There are no rules in mail art"! :-)

Comment by on April 17, 2018 at 12:52am

You're right NBS, I do love to see what's being posted and blogged too. I may not have got into mail art without seeing pictures.

Comment by Richard Canard on April 17, 2018 at 12:42am

Post Scriptum: "There are no rules in mail art except the ones you choose."

Comment by Richard Canard on April 17, 2018 at 12:32am

16.04.18 Dare Ms. Visual Mom (i.e. Ms. C. Mehrl Bennett),  ..."it's only done on a whim, not with any regularity." .. A "whim"???.........well, I guess I should start feeling bad & guilty again ( I must owe a thousand & one postcards & envelopes  by now (not to mention the scanning business {Don't have one} & documentation {I just toss it in a cardboard box})..... as that has been my approach from day one &  during my  involvement  in this so-called  "mail art"  thing all along. "Heavens Forbid!"---if  it ever turned into labor or actual work---well, that's for Saints  & Scholars  like Ruud Janssen & DeVillo Sloan. I appreciate your whims---& while Ms. Gu & Ms. Nancy Bell Scott said it much, much better. ....the only thing that I have to  add here is that  I  was told early on  or understood early on "that there were no rules in mail art"  which in turn would mean "that there are no rules in mailart" (except for those {of course)} enforced by the postal system & human decency). Sincelery, Richard Canard

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on April 16, 2018 at 10:42pm

More power to those who keep up with blogging--I love seeing + reading them. After 4 years I was spending more time scanning/blogging than working on art itself and had to wind it down. Felt bad about it for a while, but mail art has gone on for a much longer time than the internet has existed. The personal back and forth through the postal system is the heart of it, I think, as it always was. 

Comment by on April 16, 2018 at 8:52pm

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, though I've not been involved with mail art all that long, I wore myself out documenting at the beginning and like you scan/document when the mood or time allows these days.

I recently sent out envelopes with multiples to lots of people and don't mind one bit if it gets shared online or not. It's definitely about the ideas and pleasure that I hope will be received.



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